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    snapped / broke his crayon in half

    I tried to use Ngram for this but with no success. https://books.google.com/ngrams/grap...e=&direct_url=

    Which is more natural:

    1. He snapped his crayon in half.
    2. He broke his crayon in half.
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    Re: snapped / broke his crayon in half

    Broke seems more natural. Snapped emphasizes the suddenness of the action and could be appropriate in some contexts.
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    Re: snapped / broke his crayon in half

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Snapped emphasizes the suddenness of the action and could be appropriate in some contexts.
    Such as He was coloring so heavily he snapped his crayon?
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    Re: snapped / broke his crayon in half

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post
    Such as He was coloring so heavily he snapped his crayon?
    Yes. "Snapped it in two, in half, or into two pieces" would be more typical, I think.
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    Re: snapped / broke his crayon in half

    I think when you say something snaps, it is sudden and not expected.

    Perhaps:
    While colouring, he was pressing his crayon hard against the paper and it snapped.
    Last edited by tedmc; 05-Jan-2017 at 09:59.
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    Re: snapped / broke his crayon in half

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post

    Perhaps:
    While colouring, he was pressing his crayon hard against the paper and it snapped.
    I was trying to say the same thing. Do you mean to say my version sounded unnatural?
    Last edited by curiousmarcus; 05-Jan-2017 at 10:33.
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    Re: snapped / broke his crayon in half

    If you mean He was coloring so heavily he snapped his crayon? it is unnatural.

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